Best and Worst of 2011: A Landmark Year in Computing

Welcome to our annual roundup of what happened in 2011. What we can say is that we have never seen so many twists and turns and from the looks of it, 2012 might even best it.

Our list of the best and brightest stars of the IT industry goes from actual products to events, and we did not forget the fails that have happened over the course of the year. We start our list with the very basic component, the central microprocessor:

Best Microprocessor: Qualcomm Snapdragon
Qualcomm SnapdragonWhen it comes to microprocessors, 2011 was marked by the mighty roar of the Snapdragon. Qualcomm’s SoC package was used in a dominating number of mobile phones, powering the vast majority of Google Android and all Windows Phone 7 phones. The same chip was also used for development of Windows 8 on ARM (WoA), which should to play a major role in 2012.

Runner up: Intel Sandy Bridge
Performance-wise, this is the best semiconductor industry can offer. However, Intel tends to forget that it needs a stable platform in order for processor to work the best and this is where the company failed big time: from the chipset recall and a billion dollar write-off to recently discovered instabilities over the latest sexa-core Core i7-3000 series and the way it draws power. Still it’s the best performing microchip of the bunch. Until you need graphics horsepower.

Runner up: AMD Fusion “Llano”
Llano is the very first APU that combines a decently priced product with high-performance graphics. AMD paired four K10.5 processor cores with 400 Radeon GPU cores (Evergreen, DX11) and came out with a great price. No doubt about it, the best all-around product on the market.

Graphics Processor: Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX
Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX545 prototype boardRegardless of liking it or not, Imagination Technologies shipped more graphics chips than AMD or NVIDIA. PowerVR SGX500 Series can be found from Intel microprocessors, Sony mobile consoles to Apple’s A5: netbook, notebook, gaming console, tablet or a smartphone – PowerVR SGX53x and SGX54x will do the job. If you wonder what kind of graphics PowerVR can deliver on a tablet or a phone, watch this video from Epic Games.

Runner up: AMD Fusion E-Series
AMD Brazos platform, i.e. processors based on codenames Desna, Ontario and Zacate launched in January and quickly changed the perception of light notebooks as “graphically castrated ones”. To pack 80 DirectX 11 cores and monthly updated, full driver stack is something that we haven’t seen in netbooks and light notebooks. For people entering the world of computing, the performance bar for raised by a mile.

Runner up: NVIDIA GF114 (GeForce GTX 560)
We end the year with a record percentage of BSN* readers using Full HD resolution displays (38%), and over the past couple of years, playing games in 1080p resolution always required high end hardware – not anymore. GeForce GTX 560 and 560 Ti offer excellent performance for the price point.

Best Mobile Device: Samsung Galaxy S II i9100
Samsung Galaxy SII i9100In the country with iPhones popping up everywhere, Amazon’s best selling smartphone is Galaxy S II coming in several different names to satisfy American carriers. In the rest of the world, the Galaxy series is a shining series of phones which serve as a cornerstone to leapfrog both Nokia and Apple in a single year. We haven’t seen that kind of an upset in the history of the mobile industry and Samsung’s decision to use Super AMOLED screens paid off big time, as consumers want the phone “with that brilliant looking display”.

Runner up: Apple iPad 2
Apple iPhone may get the limelight, but the biggest money earner turned out to be the reinvention of “tablet PC” concept from early 2000s. iPad 2 dominates the competition with seamless graphics performance and smooth UI. The smart cover for the iPad 2 alone achieved higher revenue than majority of competing Android tablets, and that is something the world took notice.

Runner up: HTC Rezound
The world’s first smartphone with HD Ready resolution and LTE support rose up through the sales charts in supported countries (this is not a GSM phone) in the U.S. Rezound is a follow-up to Sensation and Amaze 4G, with a changed radio and the 342ppi display (higher than iPhone’s Retina Display). To boot, the acquisition of Beats Audio means this phone comes with the best headphones (among phones) as well.

Best Video Camera: RED Epic
Peter Jackson holding up RED EPIC prototype camera. Peter Jackson is currently producing Hobbit using 48 Epic cameras in 24 3D rigsEven though it sold in very limited quantities, the fact that James Cameron and Peter Jackson alone ordered over 100 cameras speaks of a growing shift in the movie industry. Stuck in 24 frames per second (24p) since its very beginnings, RED’s philosophy of moving to 48p and natively supporting recording in 60 and even 100 frames per second in insane 4K and 5K resolutions will change the way we look at movies forever. It took us a more than century, but 2011 laid groundwork for a thorough shift in the way how the film industry creates digital content. Expect these framerates to come to a regular digital camera within a year or two.

Runner up: Mobile Phone
This spot is not given to a particular device, but rather to a concept of using a mobile phone as a still and video camera that captured key moments without using dedicated equipment. Thanks to mobile phones, everyone can turn into a video star, if even for a moment. Wherever we like it or not, the world also saw things official video cameras would never record, such as drastic executions of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi.

Runner up: Nikon D5100

The world of digital single-lens-reflective (DSLR) cameras is continuously evolving and from a humble beginning in 2003 to a Full HD Camera which is now being used to shoot not just still images, but music videos, TV commercials and even movies. Nikon D5100 boasts compatibility with a wide range of lenses, including those which are older as majority of readers of BSN (35-49y is our biggest demographic, followed by 18-34 and 50+), but at a price point we haven’t seen before. If you want a professional grade camera for consumer price, look no further.

Camera Companies at War Over Email-Hacking Scandal – YAHOO!

Camera Companies at War Over Email-Hacking Scandal

Shots are being fired in the world of the digital camera.

California-based Red Digital Cinema alleges that a former executive at Delaware-based Arri engaged in corporate espionage when he hacked into the email server of a third camera company, according to a complaint Red filed Dec. 21 in U.S. District Court in California.

According to the lawsuit, which was obtained by TheWrap, Red alleges Arri used the hacked emails to give its Alexa camera a competitive advantage over Red’s Epic camera.

Also read: The ‘News of the World’ Phone-Hacking Scandal: A Timeline of Tabloid Espionage

Red alleges unfair competition based on email hacking, invasion of privacy, conversion, misappropriation of trade secrets and unlawful trade practices, among other charges.

In September, Michael Bravin, Arri’s ex-VP of market development for digital camera products, pleaded guilty to unlawfully accessing the email server of Band Pro Film Digital while he was employed at Arri.

Bravin, who had previously worked for Band Pro, was charged with computer fraud and email hacking and, following a plea agreement, was sentenced to two years’ probation, among other penalties.

Now, Red says some of the emails Bravin copied had sensitive information about the company’s technology, including the Epic camera. Some of the emails were from Red personnel including founder Jim Jannard, Red also alleges.

At the time of the hacking, Red was allegedly in confidential business discussions with Band Pro, discussing a potential joint venture. Arri employees — including Chief Technology Officer Glenn Kennel and Vice President of Camera Products Bill Russell — were aware Bravin was engaging in the hacking, Red says. Therefore, Arri is liable, according to Red.

“Red is informed and believes, and thereupon alleges, that Bravin saved or forwarded, either directly or verbally, the information obtained from the Band Pro emails to other Arri executives and employees,” the suit says.

Additionally, Red alleges that Arri started a false advertising campaign leading up to the launch of the Alexa camera, and that Bravin — using his real name and a pseudonym — posted on a Red blog, RedUser.net, disparaging the company’s products. Red says one of the Web-blog board’s policies is that users do not use false names.

Red is seeking damages, disgorgement, restitution and injunctive relief. The company is seeking a jury trial.

“It was quite shocking to them, that the vice president of Arri would steal business emails for use at Arri,” lawyer Gregory L. Weeks, who represents Red, told TheWrap.

A representative for Arri did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Movies including “The Hobbit,” “Prometheus” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” were shot with Red cameras. (Pictured above is “Hobbit” director Peter Jackson with a Red camera.)

“Hugo,” “Pariah” and “New Year’s Eve” were shot with Arri cameras.

Additional reporting by Pamela Chelin.

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I heard you came to the Citrus Bowl yesterday despite the fact that you dropped the city’s longstanding membership with Florida Citrus Sports, the management agency for the Champs Sports Bowl and Capital One Bowl, earlier this year.

That was big of you. I realize a new performing arts center sounds sexier than dressing up an old structure that was built during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

Seriously, the oxygen surrounding that building might be younger. The Citrus Bowl is ancient and it’s way overdue for upgrades.

Everybody knows that.

But instead of continuing to bemoan problems, let’s focus on possibilities.

Did you see how beautiful the place was Thursday? A sea of 68,305 red and green dressed Florida State and Notre Dame fans filled seats as periodic camera flashes sparkled across the stadium like Christmas lights.

Fans tailgated hours before the game, many of them dressed up as green leprechauns. Others tried for the leprechaun look, but looked more like trolls. They still got an A for effort.

Of all the non BCS bowl games, no other game will measure up to the experience of this year’s Champs Sports Bowl – thanks in huge part to FSU and Notre Dame.

You may not realize how close the city of Orlando came to missing out on the most successful Champs Sports Bowl in history – which will surely help Orlando reach or surpass the estimated $9.9 million in tax revenue for Orange County.

If the Seminoles and Fighting Irish hadn’t choked during a few earlier games this season, fans would be ducking a Cincinnati or Rutgers versus Clemson or NC State matchup.

Not interested.

Win or lose, Notre Dame is the best bowl game ticket in college football. Their fan base stretches far and wide across America and they faithfully travel. Combined with the fact that Notre Dame played Florida State, this made for a dream-team ticket thus explaining the two-day sellout.

But Orlando can’t depend on a lucky ticket. Due to contractual obligations, Notre Dame can’t play in any bowl-game for back-to-back seasons.

Not to be trite, but the Irish luck was right on time for Orlando.

“It’s epic in terms of timing,” said Florida Citrus Sports CEO Steve Hogan. “We needed it very much… I think that this will be the perfect springboard into negotiations if we can walk in there and say we solved it, ‘our two mayors have shown us we’re going to put shovel in the dirt in 2013′ and you can be assured of it that would set us up to compete with everybody else nationally.”

Thursday’s exciting fourth quarter finish surely boosted ESPN ratings. But the college football powers-that-be, care more about facilities than ratings.

Ms. Jacobs, the BCS system is dangerously close to imploding. This is potentially good news for Orlando.

Should the BCS cease to exist, Florida Citrus Sports could in theory bring a national championship game or something close to that caliber to Central Florida.

Orlando is an ideal location because of the great weather and superior tourism industry that attracts millions.

But should the BCS die and the Citrus Bowl continue to decay, the city would be in danger of losing all negotiating power and the reputation of this facility would never recover.

I realize this isn’t at the top of the priority list, but please consider fast-tracking this project.

And not because sports are more important than arts or education, but because money makes all the things we enjoy and need to make this city grow possible.

Sincerely,

Every concerned, proud Central Florida resident

sjowens@tribune.com.

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 December 2011

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.

After wakeup, FE-2 Ivanishin performed the routine inspection of the SM (Service Module) PSS Caution Warning panel as part of regular Daily Morning Inspection.

Oleg Kononenko terminated his first experiment session, started last night, for the long-term Russian sleep study MBI-12/Sonokard, taking the recording device from his Sonokard sports shirt pocket and later copying the measurements to the RSE-Med laptop for subsequent downlink to the ground. [Sonokard objectives are stated to (1) study the feasibility of obtaining the maximum of data through computer processing of records obtained overnight, (2) systematically record the crewmember’s physiological functions during sleep, (3) study the feasibility of obtaining real-time crew health data. Investigators believe that contactless acquisition of cardiorespiratory data over the night period could serve as a basis for developing efficient criteria for evaluating and predicting adaptive capability of human body in long-duration space flight.]

Also before breakfast exercise, FE-4 Kononenko FE-5 Kuipers each completed a 10-min session with the periodic Russian MedOps test MO-10 “Hematokrit”, which measures the red cell count of the blood, with one of them acting as CMO (Crew Medical Officer, Russian: “Examiner”). Oleg then stowed the equipment. It was the first session for both of them. [The blood samples were drawn from a finger with a perforator lancet, then centrifuged in two microcapillary tubes in the M-1100 kit’s minicentrifuge, and its Hematocrit value was read off the tubes with a magnifying glass. It is a well-known phenomenon of space flight that red blood cell count (normal range: 30-45%) tends to go down over time. After the exam, the data were saved in the IFEP software (In-Flight Examination Program) on the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer).]

Kuipers began his first (FD15) suite of sessions with the medical protocol Pro K (Dietary Intake Can Predict and Protect against Changes in Bone Metabolism during Spaceflight and Recovery), with diet logging after the urine pH spot test, for a 5-day period. After recording his diet input today, Andre will begin the urine collections for pH value on Sunday (1/1) and blood sampling on Monday (1/2). [For Pro K, there will be five in-flight sessions (FD15, FD30, FD60, FD120, FD180) of samplings, to be shared with the NUTRITION w/Repository protocol, each one with five days of diet urine pH logging and photography on the last day (science sessions are often referred to by Flight Day 15, 30, 60, etc. However, there are plus-minus windows associated with these time points so a “Flight Day 15″ science session may not actually fall on the crewmember’s 15th day on-orbit). The crewmember prepares a diet log and then annotates quantities of food packets consumed and supplements taken. Urine collections are spread over 24 hrs; samples go into the MELFI (Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS) within 30 min after collection. Blood samples, on the last day, are centrifuged in the RC (Refrigerated Centrifuge) and placed in MELFI at -80 degC. There is an 8-hr fasting requirement prior to the blood draw (i.e., no food or drink, but water ingestion is encouraged). MELFI constraints: Maximum MELFI dewar open time: 60 sec; at least 45 min between MELFI dewar door openings.]

Ivanishin undertook his 2nd session with the Russian behavioral assessment TIPOLOGIA (MBI-20), setting up the workstation, connecting equipment, suiting up and launching the program on the RSK1 laptop. [Shkaplerov stood by to assist Anatoly in donning the electrode cap, preparing the head for the electrodes and applying electrode gel from the Neurolab-RM2 kit. Data were recorded on a PCMCIA memory card and downlinked via OCA comm. MBI-20 studies typological features of operator activity of the ISS crews in long-term space flight phases, with the subject using a cap with EEG (electroencephalogram) electrodes. The experiment, which records EEGs, consists of the Luescher test, “adaptive biological control” training, and the games Minesweeper and Tetris. The Luescher color diagnostic is a psychological test which measures a person’s psychophysical state, his/her ability to withstand stress, to perform and to communicate. It is believed to help uncover the cause of psychological stress, which can lead to physical symptoms. An EEG measures and records the electrical activity of the brain.]

Afterwards, Anton Shkaplerov assisted Anatoly in his own MBI-20 TIPOLOGIA session, his 3rd run.

CDR Burbank FE-6 Pettit continued with this week’s EPIC (Enhanced Processor Integrated Communications) card testing and X2R10 software transition after a very successful start yesterday, which “made it look easy” (Flight Control congratulating). Today’s work also went very well. [Don continued with EPIC card testing (today: CC-3, #102, and CC-Spare, #104. Both cards passed the test with no errors. One EPIC card remains to be tested, CC-1, #105, planned for tomorrow. Meanwhile, Dan installed an EPIC card (#106) into the CC-2 MDM (Command Control 2 Multiplexer/Demultiplexer) at Lab D5. Ground teams have reviewed data dumps from that MDM; all parameters look good, and we are ready for the CC-1 EPIC MDM transition to Primary, planned for tomorrow. Since there are now both EPIC and non-EPIC CC MDMs (with laptops equipped with the software upgrade), if an unexpected CC transition were to occur, MCC-H will call the crew to inform them which type of PCS (Portable Computer System) laptop to connect. If no comm is available, the non-EPIC PCS should be tried first.]

In preparation for his upcoming first ICV (Integrated Cardiovascular) Ambulatory Monitoring session, Don Pettit charged four power tool (Makita) batteries during the day. [Don’s ICV session starts on Saturday, 12/31.]

With the USND-2 (Ultrasound 2) hardware and video equipment for real-time downlink set up in COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory), Andre Kuipers underwent his first ICV (Integrated Cardiovascular) Resting Echo Scan in the US Lab, assisted by Pettit who served as CMO (Crew Medical Officer) to operate the USND scans. [Wearing electrodes, ECG (Electrocardiograph) cable VOX, Andre underwent the USND scan for ICV assessment, with video being recorded from the HRF (Human Research Facility) Ultrasound and COL cabin camera. Heart rate was tracked with the HRM (Heart Rate Monitor). There are dietary constraints, and no exercise is allowed 4 hrs prior to scan. After confirmed file transfer, the gear was powered down and stowed. Later, the data from the two HM-2 (Holter Monitor 2) HiFi Cards and two Actiwatch Spectrums were downloaded. The USND echo experiment uses the Image Collector software on the laptop and requires VOX/Voice plus RT Video downlink during the activity. Goal of the ICV experiment is to quantify the extent, time course, and clinical significance of cardiac atrophy and identify its mechanisms. The ICV experiment consists of two separate but related activities over a one-week time period: an ultrasound echo scan an ambulatory monitoring session. The sessions are scheduled at or around FD14, FD30, FD75, FD135 and R-15 (there are fewer sessions if mission duration is less than six months).]

With the RS (Russian Segment) STTS communications system configured for working in the MRM2 Poisk module, Oleg Kononenko conducted a leak check on the EB vacuum chamber of the new KPT-21 PK-3+ Plasma Crystal-3+ (Plazmennyi-Kristall-3 plus) Telescience payload and then performed manual experiment operations. Oleg copied and downlinked data log files, later returned the STTS comm system to nominal, and checked EB vacuum chamber hermeticity afterwards and before sleeptime (any pressure increase above the vacuum should stay within 5 mmHg). [Main objective of PK-3 is to study wave propagation and dispersion ratio in a dust plasma, i.e., fine particles charged and excited by HF (high frequency) radio power inside the evacuated work chamber, at a specified power of HF discharge, pressure, and a varied number of particles.]

Anatoly Ivanishin configured the hardware for the Russian MBI-21 PNEVMOKARD experiment, then conducted the 1h5m session, his 2nd, which forbids moving or talking during data recording. The experiment is controlled from the RSE-med A31p laptop and uses the TENZOPLUS sphygmomanometer to measure arterial blood pressure. The experiment was then closed out and the test data were downlinked via OCA. [PNEVMOKARD (Pneumocard) attempts to obtain new scientific information to refine the understanding about the mechanisms used by the cardiorespiratory system and the whole body organism to spaceflight conditions. By recording (on PCMCIA cards) the crewmember’s electrocardiogram, impedance cardiogram, low-frequency phonocardiogram (seismocardiogram), pneumotachogram (using nose temperature sensors), and finger photoplethismogram, the experiment supports integrated studies of (1) the cardiovascular system and its adaptation mechanisms in various phases of a long-duration mission, (2) the synchronization of heart activity and breathing factors, as well as the cardiorespiratory system control processes based on the variability rate of physiological parameters, and (3) the interconnection between the cardiorespiratory system during a long-duration mission and the tolerance of orthostatic physical activities at the beginning of readaptation for predicting possible reactions of the crewmembers organism during the their return to ground.]

In ESA’s COL, Dan Burbank set up the partial equipment for the VO2max PPFS (Portable Pulmonary Function System) equipment for his next VO2max (Evaluation of Maximal Oxygen Uptake Submaximal Estimates of VO2max before, during and after long-duration space station missions) session, scheduled tomorrow. [The partial gear comprises PPFS power, data, front panel, and gas connections. The experiment VO2max uses the PPFS, CEVIS ergometer cycle with vibration isolation, PFS (Pulmonary Function System) gas cylinders and mixing bag system, plus multiple other pieces of hardware to measure oxygen uptake, cardiac output, and more. The exercise protocol consists of a 2-min rest period, then three 5-min stages at workloads eliciting 25%, 50% 75% of aerobic capacity as measured pre-flight, followed by a 25-watt increase in workload every minute until the crewmember reaches maximum exercise capacity. At that point, CEVIS workload increase is stopped, and a 5-min cool down period follows at the 25% load. Rebreathing measurements are initiated by the subject during the last minute of each stage. Constraints are: no food 2 hrs prior to exercise start, no caffeine 8 hrs prior to exercise, and must be well hydrated.]

In the RS (Russian Segment), FE-4 Kononenko supported the ground-controlled shutdown of the Elektron O2 generator (~6:22am EST). [As part of the standard deactivation process Oleg purged the Elektron with N2 (nitrogen), controlled from laptop.]

Afterwards, Kononenko concluded his first session of the standard 24-hr. ECG (electrocardiogram) recording under the Russian MedOps PZE MO-2-2 protocol, started yesterday. [After the ECG recording and blood pressure measurements with the Kardiomed system, FE-4 doffed the five-electrode Holter harness that read his dynamic (in motion) heart function from two leads over the past 24 hours, recording data on the “Kardioregistrator 90205″ unit. The examination results were then downloaded from the Holter ECG device to the RSE-Med laptop, controlled by the Kardiomed application. Later, the data were downlinked as a compressed .zip-file via OCA.]

Oleg also performed his first data collection session for the psychological MBI-16 Vzaimodejstvie (“Interactions”) program, accessing and completing the computerized study questionnaire on the RSE-Med laptop and saving the data in an encrypted file. [The software has a “mood” questionnaire, a “group work environment” questionnaire, and a “critical incidents” log. Results from the study, which is also mirrored by ground control subjects, could help to improve the ability of future crewmembers to interact safely and effectively with each other and with Mission Control, to have a more positive experience in space during multi-cultural, long-duration missions, and to successfully accomplish mission activities.]

Andre Kuipers had some time set aside to brush up on the ESA experiment NES/NeuroSpat (A Study of Spatial Cognition, Novelty Processing and Sensorimotor Integration) experiment at the EPM (European Physiology Module) in COL. [NeuroSpat uses MEEMM (Multi-Electrode Electroencephalogram Measurement Module) cables, free-floating low-frequency head box #1, EEG (Electroencephalograph) cap with electrodes, etc. to investigate the ways in which crew members’ three-dimensional visual space perception is affected by long-duration stays in weightlessness. It is composed of two principal experimental tasks: Visual Orientation and Visuomotor Tracking, plus additional, standardized EEG tasks performed as a means of assessing general effects of the space station environment on EEG signals. After hardware installation on Day 1, there will be EEG cap setup and science data acquisition stowage on Day 2, and data handling final stowage on Day 3. A second crew member sets up the EEG cap and takes pictures of the subject during Day 2. The EEG cap setup will be monitored on real-time TV by the science team.]

Afterwards, at ~7:10am, Andre conducted the weekly ESA crew conference via phone with COL-CC at Oberpfaffenhofen/Germany.

Anatoly completed the periodic transfer of US condensate water from CWCs (Contingency Water Containers, #1083, #1051) to the RS for the periodic (about twice a month) replenishing of the Elektron’s water supply for electrolysis, filling the designated KOV EDV container. Once filled, the EDV was to be connected to the BPK transfer pump for processing through the BKO water purification (multifiltration) unit. [The 40-minute procedure is specially designed to prevent air bubbles larger than ~10 mm from getting into the BZh Liquid Unit where they could cause Elektron shutdown.]

FE-2 also performed the routine daily servicing of the SOZh system (Environment Control Life Support System, ECLSS) in the SM. [Regular daily SOZh maintenance consists, among else, of checking the ASU toilet facilities, replacement of the KTO KBO solid waste containers, replacement of EDV-SV waste water and EDV-U urine containers and filling EDV-SV, KOV (for Elektron), EDV-ZV EDV on RP flow regulator.]

Oleg took care of the daily IMS (Inventory Management System) maintenance, updating/editing its standard “delta file” including stowage locations, for the regular weekly automated export/import to its three databases on the ground (Houston, Moscow, Baikonur).

Performing troubleshooting on the Russian SKV1 air conditioner (which shut down), Anton set up necessary equipment and then checked out a connector (KU 8073) on the SKV1 KU Compressor Unit, using the MMTs-01 MultiMeter to take phase resistance (pin continuity) measurements.

Afterwards, FE-1 worked in the FGB, relocating Russian equipment from a US stowage location to a Roskosmos designated area. [Per NASA/Roskosmos agreements, a stowage area in the FGB GA section belongs to NASA. Seven Russian SSGO Sanitary-Hygiene bags were moved from this area to another location in the FGB.]

Continuing the current round of the periodic preventive maintenance of RS ventilation systems, Anatoly
spent an hour each cleaning the V3 fan screens in the MRM2 Poisk and DC-1 Pirs modules, after taking documentary photographs.

Shkaplerov worked in the DC1 Docking Compartment to start the regular urine transfer from two EDV-U containers (935, 970) to the BV2 Rodnik water storage tank of Progress 45P (#413), docked at DC1, using the usual pumping equipment with the electric compressor (#41). Afterwards, Anton drained the BV2 lines into an EDV. [Each of the spherical Rodnik tanks BV1 BV2 consists of a hard shell with a soft membrane (bladder) composed of elastic fluoroplastic. The bladder is used to expel water from the tank by compressed air pumped into the tank volume surrounding the membrane and is leak-tested before urine transfers, i.e., with empty tanks, the bladders are expanded against the tank walls and checked for hermeticity.]

The Soyuz 29S crewmembers Kononenko, Pettit Kuipers again had about an hour of free time for general orientation (adaptation, station familiarization acclimatization) as is standard daily rule for fresh crewmembers for the first two weeks after starting residence, if they choose to take it.

Before Presleep, Dan will turn on the MPC (Multi Protocol Converter) and start the Ku-band data flow of video recorded during the day to the ground, with POIC (Payload Operations Integration Center) routing the onboard HRDL (High-Rate Data Link). After about an hour, Dan will turn MPC routing off again. [This is a routine operation which regularly transmits HD onboard video (live or tape playback) to the ground on a daily basis before sleeptime.]

The crew worked out with their regular 2-hr physical exercise protocol on the CEVIS cycle ergometer with vibration isolation (FE-5, FE-6), TVIS treadmill with vibration isolation stabilization (FE-1, FE-2, FE-4), ARED advanced resistive exerciser (CDR, FE-4, FE-5, FE-6), T2/COLBERT advanced treadmill (CDR), and VELO ergometer bike with load trainer (FE-1, FE-2).

The Roskosmos top management greeting to the ISS crew scheduled for 8:00am EST was called off.

The Russian discretionary “time permitting” task list for Shkaplerov, Ivanishin Kononenko today called for continued preparation downlinking of more reportages (written text, photos, videos) for the Roskosmos website to promote Russia’s manned space program (max. file size 500 Mb).

WRM Update: A new WRM (Water Recovery Management) “cue card” was uplinked to the crew for their reference, updated with their latest CWC (Contingency Water Container) water audit. [The new card (29-0008D) lists 30 CWCs (450.4 L total) for the five types of water identified on board: 1. Silver technical water (5 CWCs with 179.5 L, for Elektron electrolysis, all containing Wautersia bacteria; 2. Condensate water (3 CWCs with 19.1 L), 8 empty bags; 3. Iodinated CWCs with 186.4 L; also 2 expired bags with 38.8 L); 4. Waste water (1 bag with 6.4 L EMU waste water); and 5. Special fluid (1 CWC with 20.2 L, hose/pump flush). Other CWCs are stowed behind racks and are currently not being tracked due to unchanging contents. Wautersia bacteria are typical water-borne microorganisms that have been seen previously in ISS water sources. These isolates pose no threat to human health.]

CEO (Crew Earth Observation) targets uplinked for today were Shebelle River fan, Somalia (shooting nadir views of the lower Shebelle valley where seasonal changes in vegetation patterns reveal information about surface and groundwater in an area of extreme poverty. The valley parallels the coast for hundreds of km, just inland of a cordon of coastal dunes. Collaborators concerned with agricultural fertility for the next growing season have requested these images), and Tehran, Iran (looking right of track for this city of 13.4 million [greater Tehran]. This great capital city contrasts with the major mountain range landscapes immediately north, and with green agricultural fields around the city.)

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 7:47am EST [= epoch])
. Mean altitude – 391.3 km
. Apogee height – 407.6 km
. Perigee height – 374.9 km
. Period — 92.38 min.
. Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg
. Eccentricity — 0.0024161
. Solar Beta Angle — -28.0 deg (magnitude increasing)
. Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.59
. Mean altitude loss in the last 24 hours — 82 m
. Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 75,140
. Time in orbit (station) — 4787 days
. Time in orbit (crews, cum.) — 4074 days

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time and subject to change):
————–Six-crew operations—————-
01/18/12 — ISS Reboost (set up phasing for 46P)
01/24/12 — Progress M-13M/45P undock
01/25/12 — Progress M-14M/46P launch
01/27/12 — Progress M-14M/46P docking (DC-1)
02/07/12 — SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon launch — (target date)
02/10/12 — SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon berthing — (target date)
02/14/12 — Russian EVA
02/23/12 — SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon unberth — (target date)
03/09/12 — ATV3 launch — (target date)
03/16/12– Soyuz TMA-22/28S undock/landing (End of Increment 30)
————–Three-crew operations————-
03/30/12 — Soyuz TMA-04M/30S launch – G.Padalka (CDR-32)/J.Acaba/K.Volkov — (Target Date)
04/01/12 — Soyuz TMA-04M/30S docking (MRM2) — (Target Date)
————–Six-crew operations—————-
TBD — 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) w/ERA – launch on Proton (under review)
04/24/12 — Progress M-14M/46P undock
04/25/12 — Progress M-15M/47P launch
04/27/12 — Progress M-15M/47P docking
TBD — 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) – docking (under review)
05/16/12 — Soyuz TMA-03M/29S undock/landing (End of Increment 31)
————–Three-crew operations————-
05/30/12 — Soyuz TMA-05M/31S launch – S.Williams (CDR-33)/Y.Malenchenko/A.Hoshide
06/01/12 — Soyuz TMA-05M/31S docking
————–Six-crew operations—————-
06/26/12 — HTV-3 launch (target date)
09/12/12 — Soyuz TMA-04M/30S undock/landing (End of Increment 32)
————–Three-crew operations————-
09/26/12 — Soyuz TMA-06M/32S launch – K.Ford (CDR-34)/O.Novitskiy/E.Tarelkin
09/28/12 – Soyuz TMA-06M/32S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
11/12/12 — Soyuz TMA-05M/31S undock/landing (End of Increment 33)
————–Three-crew operations————-
11/26/12 — Soyuz TMA-07M/33S launch – C.Hadfield (CDR-35)/T.Mashburn/R.Romanenko
11/28/12 – Soyuz TMA-07M/33S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
03/19/13 — Soyuz TMA-06M/32S undock/landing (End of Increment 34)
————–Three-crew operations————-
04/02/13 – Soyuz TMA-08M/34S launch – P.Vinogradov (CDR-36)/C.Cassidy/A.Misurkin
04/04/13 – Soyuz TMA-08M/34S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
05/16/13 – Soyuz TMA-07M/33S undock/landing (End of Increment 35)
————–Three-crew operations————-
05/29/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/35S launch – M.Suraev (CDR-37)/K.Nyberg/L.Parmitano
05/31/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/35S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-08M/34S undock/landing (End of Increment 36)
————–Three-crew operations————-
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/36S launch – M.Hopkins/TBD (CDR-38)/TBD
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/36S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/35S undock/landing (End of Increment 37)
————–Three-crew operations————-
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-11M/37S launch – K.Wakata (CDR-39)/R.Mastracchio/TBD
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-11M/37S docking
————–Six-crew operations————-
03/xx/14 – Soyuz TMA-10M/36S undock/landing (End of Increment 38)
————–Three-crew operations————-

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Movie-Camera Maker Red Accuses Rival Arri of Corporate Espionage – TheWrap

Shots are being fired in the world of the digital camera.

California-based Red Digital Cinema alleges that a former executive at Delaware-based Arri engaged in corporate espionage when he hacked into the email server of a third camera company, according to a complaint Red filed Dec. 21 in U.S. District Court in California.

According to the lawsuit, which was obtained by TheWrap, Red alleges Arri used the hacked emails to give its Alexa camera a competitive advantage over Red’s Epic camera.

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Red alleges unfair competition based on email hacking, invasion of privacy, conversion, misappropriation of trade secrets and unlawful trade practices, among other charges.

In September, Michael Bravin, Arri’s ex-VP of market development for digital camera products, pleaded guilty to unlawfully accessing the email server of Band Pro Film Digital while he was employed at Arri.

Bravin, who had previously worked for Band Pro, was charged with computer fraud and email hacking and, following a plea agreement, was sentenced to two years’ probation, among other penalties.

Now, Red says some of the emails Bravin copied had sensitive information about the company’s technology, including the Epic camera. Some of the emails were from Red personnel including founder Jim Jannard, Red also alleges.

At the time of the hacking, Red was allegedly in confidential business discussions with Band Pro, discussing a potential joint venture. Arri employees — including Chief Technology Officer Glenn Kennel and Vice President of Camera Products Bill Russell — were aware Bravin was engaging in the hacking, Red says. Therefore, Arri is liable, according to Red.

“Red is informed and believes, and thereupon alleges, that Bravin saved or forwarded, either directly or verbally, the information obtained from the Band Pro emails to other Arri executives and employees,” the suit says.

Additionally, Red alleges that Arri started a false advertising campaign leading up to the launch of the Alexa camera, and that Bravin — using his real name and a pseudonym — posted on a Red blog, RedUser.net, disparaging the company’s products. Red says one of the Web-blog board’s policies is that users do not use false names.

Red is seeking damages, disgorgement, restitution and injunctive relief. The company is seeking a jury trial.

“It was quite shocking to them, that the vice president of Arri would steal business emails for use at Arri,” lawyer Gregory L. Weeks, who represents Red, told TheWrap.

A representative for Arri did not respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Movies including “The Hobbit,” “Prometheus” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” were shot with Red cameras. (Pictured above is “Hobbit” director Peter Jackson with a Red camera.)

“Hugo,” “Pariah” and “New Year’s Eve” were shot with Arri cameras.

Additional reporting by Pamela Chelin.

Lady Gaga’s ex-assistant sues her for $400K

Has Lady Gaga been keeping too tight of a hold on her meat-purse strings?

The pop superstar’s former assistant claims she’s owed nearly $400,000 in overtime pay after attending to Gaga’s every need for four weeks in 2009 and then throughout 2010 and into March of this year.



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The plaintiff claims she worked 7,168 hours of overtime during her period of employment, meaning she was basically on duty almost every hour of every day that she worked for the “Born This Way” artist. Her complaint states that she was paid $1,000 per week for her time in 2009 and then an annual salary of $75,000 for the rest.

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But that’s just base salary, according to the suit, and does not account for the time O’Neill spent attending to Gaga business “not only in her home, but also during her travels to her global concert tours, from city to city throughout the world, at locales including stadiums, private jets, fine hotel suites, yachts, ferries, trains and tour buses.”




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O’Neill “was always behind the scenes, and figuratively, if not literally, always at her side,” the suit states.

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The plaintiff is demanding she be paid at least $393,014, encompassing the allegedly unpaid overtime and fair compensation for working 10-hour days.

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Year End Wrap Up: Worst Movies of 2011

Some of these stinkers you could smell from a mile away, some simply couldn’t catch up to their hype, but none of them are worth having any kind of expectations for. Here are our choices for the most disappointing films of the year.

NOTE: There were plenty of bad movies released this year. We haven’t seen them all. Films like The Zookeeper, Your Highness and Season of the Witch received plenty of scathing reviews, but since most of our staffers didn’t see them, you won’t find them on this list.

Green Lantern was doomed from the start. Not because it was an outright horrendous film — though some of the scenes are without a doubt cringe-inducing — and not because, like many fans of the comic book character claim, the property does not lend itself to a live-action feature film. It is because Warner Bros’ entire marketing strategy was misleading. This was a simple case of bait and switch, a technique usually found when purchasing gadgets from a street peddler or a lemon from a used car dealer. All of the promotions leading up to Green Lantern make promises of intergalactic action, adventure and heartfelt tension that somehow didn’t make it into the film’s final cut; which, at the end of the day is all that matters.”

Directed by Martin Campbell, Green Lantern stars Ryan Reynolds, Blake Lively, Mark Strong, Peter Sarsgaard, Tim Robbins and Angela Bassett.

In a universe as vast as it is mysterious, a small but powerful force has existed for centuries. Protectors of peace and justice, they are called the Green Lantern Corps. A brotherhood of warriors sworn to keep intergalactic order, each Green Lantern wears a ring that grants him superpowers. But when a new enemy called Parallax threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit, the first human ever selected: Hal Jordan.

Hal is a gifted and cocky test pilot, but the Green Lanterns have little respect for humans, who have never harnessed the infinite powers of the ring before. But Hal is clearly the missing piece to the puzzle, and along with his determination and willpower, he has one thing no member of the Corps has ever had: humanity. With the encouragement of fellow pilot and childhood sweetheart Carol Ferris (Blake Lively), if Hal can quickly master his new powers and find the courage to overcome his fears, he may prove to be not only the key to defeating Parallax…he will become the greatest Green Lantern of all.

“I think it’s time we all get together and agree that Taylor Lautner cannot A) act, and B) sell a film to adults. I can picture this film with a slew of other (read: better, established) young actors in it’s lead and see that it could have been pretty well received. But that wasn’t the case, we were given Lautner, and not even John Singleton could make him a believable action star.”

Abduction is directed by John Singleton and stars Lautner, Lily Collins, Sigourney Weaver, Danny Glover, Alfred Molina, Michael Nyqvist, Maria Bello, and Jason Isaacs.

What would you do if you found your own picture on a missing persons website? Teen Nathan Harper (Taylor Lautner) finds himself facing this very dilemma. Setting out to uncover his real identity, Nathan quickly learns his parents are far from who they say they are. When the police, government agents and shadowy figures start to pursue him, Nathan’s quest for the truth erupts into a full-blown “Bourne”-like man-on-the-run thriller.

“Angsty teens who bide their time swallowing up the recent surge of vampire/werewolf books while waiting for another Twilight Saga film to hit theaters will appreciate this film for what it is: a cheap knock off riddled with unnecessary sexuality. The rest of us who need just a touch of substance in a story line, not to mention some effort in re-imagining such a time honored tale, will surely be disappointed if they even manage to give this film a chance.”

Directed by Catherine Hardwicke, Red Riding Hood stars Amanda Seyfried, Shiloh Fernandez, Max Irons and Gary Oldman.

Amanda Seyfried plays Valerie, a beautiful young woman torn between two men. She is in love with a brooding outsider, Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), but her parents have arranged for her to marry the wealthy Henry (Max Irons). Unwilling to lose each other, Valerie and Peter are planning to run away together when they learn that Valerie’s older sister has been killed by the werewolf that prowls the dark forest surrounding their village. For years, the people have maintained an uneasy truce with the beast, offering the creature a monthly animal sacrifice. But under a blood red moon, the wolf has upped the stakes by taking a human life.

Hungry for revenge, the people call on famed werewolf hunter, Father Solomon (Gary Oldman), to help them kill the wolf. But Solomon’s arrival brings unintended consequences as he warns that the wolf, who takes human form by day, could be any one of them. As the death toll rises with each moon, Valerie begins to suspect that the werewolf could be someone she loves. As panic grips the town, Valerie discovers that she has a unique connection to the beast–one that inexorably draws them together, making her both suspect…and bait.

The country of Columbia is apparently filled with nothing but hot women, drug kingpins, professional killers, and semiautomatic weapons, if we were to believe the ultra stereotypical story presented in this film. When a project’s only redeeming quality is a Zoe Saldana nipple slip you know you’re in for a horrible experience. It’s unbelievable how abysmal movies like this get millions of dollars of funding.”

Directed by Olivier Megaton, Colombiana stars Zoe Saldana, Michael Vartan, Callum Blue, Cliff Curtis, Jordi Mollà, Lennie James and Max Martini.

Zoe SaldanaLearn more plays a young woman who, after witnessing her parents’ murder as a child in Bogota, grows up to be a stone-cold assassin. She works for her uncle as a hitman by day, but her personal time is spent engaging in vigilante murders that she hopes will lead her to her ultimate target: the mobster responsible for her parents’ death.

“The Twilight films are blatant and uncontestable fan-service productions. They are meant to be enjoyed by the droves of ‘Twihards’ who will flock to theaters over and over again helping these movies breaks box office records. For the rest of us, these are riddled with awkward acting, sub par dialogue and paper thin plot points; not very enjoyable to sit through.”

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon and stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Launter, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Jackson Rathbone, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene and Kellan Lutz.

In the highly anticipated next chapter of the blockbuster The Twilight Saga, the newfound married bliss of Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) and vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) is cut short when a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens to destroy their world. After their wedding, Bella and Edward travel to Rio de Janeiro for their honeymoon, where they finally give in to their passions. Bella soon discovers she is pregnant, and during a nearly fatal childbirth, Edward finally fulfills her wish to become immortal.

But the arrival of their remarkable daughter, Renesmee, sets in motion a perilous chain of events that pits the Cullens and their allies against the Volturi, the fearsome council of vampire leaders, setting the stage for an all-out battle. The suspenseful and deeply romantic Breaking Dawn continues the epic tale of supernatural fantasy and passionate love that has made The Twilight Saga a worldwide phenomenon.

“There’s nothing wrong with making a film that’s light on meaning. There’s plenty room in the world for deep art-house films, and straightforward thrillers—variety is always a good thing. But there’s a difference between saying very little and saying nothing at all. The point of art—in the most elementary explanation possible—is both to entertain and to communicate something. The Double is a movie that literally has nothing to say.”

The Double is directed by Michael Brandt and stars Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Stana Katic, Stephen Moyer, Martin Sheen and Odette Annable.

In THE DOUBLE, the mysterious murder of a US senator bearing the distinctive trademark of the legendary Soviet assassin “Cassius,” forces Paul Shepherdson, a retired CIA operative, to team with rookie FBI agent, Ben Geary, to solve the crime. Having spent his career chasing Cassius, Shepherdson is convinced his nemesis is long dead, but is pushed to take on the case by his former supervisor, Tom Highland. Meanwhile, Agent Geary, who wrote his Master’s thesis on Shepherdson’s pursuit of the Soviet killer, is certain that Cassius has resurfaced. As Shepherdson and Geary work their way through crimes both past and present, they discover that Cassius may not be the person they always thought him to be, forcing both to re-examine everything and everyone around them.

“Before this film’s release audiences were cleverly fooled by it’s intriguing concept and beautiful camera/effects work put on display in every trailer, TV spot and promo poster. Writer/director Snyder sets up a fairly rudimentary story that is inundated with nonsensical fantasy elements sloppily pieced together. In some cases, stunning visuals can make you tolerate a bad film. This time it’s obvious no amount of CG work will help.”

An original story written and directed by Zack Snyder, Sucker Punch stars Emily Browning, Vanessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm and Jena Malone.

Presenting animated shorts inspired by Zack Snyder’s new film, Sucker Punch. Director Zack Snyder and animator Ben Hibon collaborated with Comflix Studios to further explore the fantasy worlds in the film. The animated shorts provide a distinct glimpse into those surreal places, allowing people to experience the worlds in a very unique way. “It made sense to me to not only approach the worlds from an original direction in terms of story and focus,” says Snyder, “but also to really push the visual style in a different direction as well. Having seen his contribution to the latest Harry Potter film and looking at some of his other recent work, Ben’s talent was obvious and his aesthetic felt like a perfect fit. His work is graphic and visually arresting.” Hibon relished an opportunity to expand upon Snyder’s unique vision. “Zack is one of the most exciting and original directors working in Hollywood today. Sucker Punch is nothing short of pure visual madness.”

“Leave it to one-time funny man Sandler to once again throw another ‘I hired all my old acting buddies for another horrible movie’ project in everyone’s faces. Just when I thought his career was taking a upward swing with projects like Punch Drunk Love and Spanglish he does this to us. Damn him.”

Directed by Dennis Dugan for Columbia Pictures, Jack and Jill stars Adam Sandler, Katie Holmes, Elodie Tougne, David Spade, Tim Meadows, Norm McDonald, Dana Carvey, Nick Swardson and Al Pacino.

Jack Sadelstein (Adam Sandler) is a successful advertising executive in Los Angeles with a beautiful wife (Katie Holmes) and kids, who dreads one event each year: the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister Jill (also Adam Sandler). Jill’s neediness and passive-aggressiveness is maddening to Jack, turning his normally tranquil life upside down.

“A painfully awful film that, luckily for movie goers, didn’t get a wide theatrical release. Director Joel Schumacher proved once again that his best days are behind him while Nic Cage and Nicole Kidman proved they still need the occasional fat paycheck. Also features one of the accidentally funniest endings of any film this year.”

Trespass was directed by Joel Schumacher and stars Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Ben Mendelsohn, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato, Jordana Spiro, Dash Mihok, Emily Meade and Nico Tortorella.

In a private, wealthy community, priority is placed on security and no exception is made for the Miller family’s estate. Behind their pristine walls and manicured gardens, Kyle (Nicolas Cage), a fast-talking businessman, has entrusted the mansion’s renovation to his stunning wife, Sarah (Nicole Kidman). But between making those big decisions and keeping tabs on their defiant teenage daughter (Liana Liberato), Sarah often finds herself distracted by a young, handsome worker (Cam Gigandet) at their home. Nothing is what it seems, and it will take a group of cold-blooded criminals led by Elias (Ben Mendelsohn), who have been planning a vicious home invasion for months, to bring the Miller family together. When they storm the manor, everyone is tangled up in betrayal, deception, temptation and scheming. Kyle, Sarah and Avery will take the ultimate risk to make it out with their lives – and their family – intact.

“I have no idea why this movie was made. The entire plot is as unfounded as a scrapped Saturday Night Live skit and the acting (if you can call it that) is cringe worthy from beginning to end. There is so much negativity surrounding this film — including a 0% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes — you may want to see for yourself what all the hype is about. Word of advise: Don’t waste two precious hours of your life.”

Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star is a new comedy from Columbia Pictures starring Nick Swardson, Christina Ricci, Don Johnson, and Stephen Dorff.

Bucky (Swardson) is a small town grocery bagger, going nowhere in life…until he discovers that his conservative parents were once adult film stars! Armed with the belief that he has found his destiny, Bucky packs up and heads out to LA, hoping to follow in his parents’ footsteps.

Zacuto Nominated for Two IAWTV Awards

CHICAGO, IL, Dec 28, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) —
Zacuto is pleased to announce their two IAWTV award nominations by
the International Academy of Web Television. The Great Camera
Shootout 2011 is nominated both for Best Educational Web Series and
Best Writing (Non-Fiction).

“We put a lot of work into the Great Camera Shoot Out 2011 so I’m
excited to be nominated and recognized by this new body of peers,”
says Zacuto Producer, Jens Bogehegn. “Good luck to Scott Lynch for
his nomination in writing.”

Web television is a rapidly growing genre of digital entertainment
distinct from traditional broadcast television by delivering original
Web television shows or Web series directly to audiences via the
Internet. The International Academy of Web Television Awards (IAWTV
Awards) is an official web television industry awards ceremony
created by content creators, for content creators. The IAWTV is
dedicated to the advancement of the arts and sciences of web
television as well as furthering the common good and general welfare
of industry professionals. The group has granted awards to a few
notable series including The Guild, Lonely Girl 15, Dr. Horrible’s
Sing-Along Blog, Prom Queen, Epic Fu, Red vs. Blue, Anyone But Me,
Homestar Runner and many others.

All proceeds made from the IAWTV event go back to the community and
help provide more member resources as well as development and
education for people working in the field of web television. The
awards are held at CES, the world’s largest consumer technology and
content trade show, in Las Vegas on January 10-13.

ABOUT ZACUTO
Zacuto, located in Chicago, Illinois, is known for
their “Made in the USA” brand of high quality, originally designed
camera accessories. Their camera rental house division builds custom
camera packages and delivers nationwide. Zacuto Films produces
original programming and recently won a 2011 Emmy Award (Regional
Chapter) for their webisodic program FilmFellas and a 2010 Emmy Award
(Regional Chapter) for The Great Camera Shootout 2010. For more
information, visit
http://www.zacuto.com or follow @Zacuto on
Twitter.

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